Puu O Hulu

MODERATE 196 reviews

Puu O Hulu is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
754 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

scramble

This is one of the shortest hikes on Oahu. For many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.

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4 days ago

Short hike and very hot! Good workout if you take the trail going straight up. Coming down we took the easier way and easy for kids too. Great views of Waianae coastline too.

hiking
7 days ago

Incredible view and worth the steep hike up! Coming down takes 1/2 the time or less and the hike up is hot and dry. Bring water and even a snack to eat while sitting on the roofs of the pillboxes.

hiking
10 days ago

geocaching
11 days ago

Nice hike up to the pill boxes, found a geocache, and some benchmarks.
Pretty easy. The only slightly tricky part was the narrow ridge between the pink pillbox and the summit.

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24 days ago

Steady incline all the way to the top. Very little shade. We started about 8am & it was already hot so bring water. That view though! So worth it!

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1 month ago

Hardly any shade...can get really get hot midday. Beautiful views...

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1 month ago

I love this hike! Short but so sweet! My family did this in an hour and a half but we spent half an hour at the top. Really just an hour or 75 minutes of hiking. As another reviewer said, this hike is easier than the Lanikai Pillbox one. My 10 year old daughter had no problems. We started at 9:00am. It was already hot. We each went through two 16.9oz. bottles of water. 9:00am start was fine. 8:00am start would be better!